Commissioning is now a key task for health and social care - and yet policy aspirations often outstrip the infrastructure needed to support commissioners as they take difficult decisions about future services and to make commissioning a career of choice for future leaders. While commissioning was important under New Labour, it seems set to be even more fundamental now as commissioners think about future services in an era of austerity.
Against this background, this is the first comprehensive text on a key area of management practice , exploring what commissioning is, where it has come from and where it might be taking us. With a wide range of leading contributors from fields including health care, social care, local government , the book takes students, practitioners and managers through key stages of the commissioning cycle as well as addressing cross-cutting themes such as the economics of commissioning, user involvement and commissioning in an era of personalisation.
It is essential reading for everyone involved in the planning and delivery of health and social care - for social policy students, health and social care practitioners, managers and policy makers alike.
"A much-needed text on a key area of management practice within health and social care services by a great team of authors. It is ideal for students and for all who are interested in delivering better quality and better integrated health and social care services." Steve Field, Chair, NHS Future Forum & Chairman, National Health Inclusion Board & General Practitioner, Bellevue Medical Centre Birmingham
"Commissioning gets a long overdue textbook. The comprehensive range of perspectives provides a great start for anyone wanting to consider how to practice or improve commissioning" Peter Hay, Birmingham City Council, and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. A qualified social worker by background, he is engaged in regular research and policy advice around the future of health and social care. He is a former board member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and is currently a non-executive director of Birmingham Children's Hospital. He also leads the first MSc degree in public service commissioning of its kind in the UK, as well as a series of MSc programmes for National Health Service commissioners.
Introduction ~ Jon Glasby; Section 1: The commissioning cycle: New forms of strategic commissioning ~ Tony Bovaird, Helen Dickinson and Kerry Allen; Needs assessment ~ Tom Marshall and Eleanor Hothersall; Decision-making and priority setting ~ Iestyn Williams and Suzanne Robinson; Procurement and market management ~ Chris Lonsdale; Decommissioning ~ Ray Puffitt and Lesley Prince; Commissioning for service resilience ~ Ray Puffitt; Commissioning for quality and outcomes ~ Martin Willis and Tony Bovaird; Section 2: Key themes: The economics of commissioning ~ Peter Watt; Public and user involvement in commissioning ~ Jo Ellins; The impact of joint commissioning ~ Helen Dickinson and Alyson Nicholds; Commissioning in an era of personalisation ~ Catherine Needham and Simon Duffy; Section 3: Conclusion and next steps: Conclusion ~ Jon Glasby.